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:.]                            FLORA  INDICA.                                       £43
at night, and closed at 10 A.M., his own, from Hungary, did not.   Pliny (as quoted
by Salisbury) says that the flowers retire under water at night,
^ 3. N. stellata (Wffld. Sp. PL ii. 1153); Mis orbiculatis v. ellip-
tico-orbiculatis obtuse sinuatodentatis integevrimisve, sepalis nervosis
(sed non costatis), petalis lineari-oblongis lanceolatisve acutis v. apice
angustatiSj antlicris loiigo appeudiculatis, stigmatis radiis in comua
brevia productis iuappendiculalis, scminibus substriatis.
a. cj/ttuca / iloiibus mcdiocribus cyancis non aut vix odoris.—N.
cyataca, JRoxfi. FL Lnd* iii. 577 ; Wight et Am. Prod. i. 17 ; Wall. Oat.
7253 A! et D! N. stellata, ft Bot. Mag. t. 2058; Plane/ion, Etudes,
i.e. 40.
)3. parviflora; floribus plerumque minoribus cseruleis.—N. stellata,
TTlttd. Sp.PL ii. 1153; Andr. Bat. Hep. t. 330; DC. St/sLii. 51j Prodr.
i. 115 ; Wight et Am. Prod. i. 17; Wall. Cat. 7253 01 et SI N. stel-
lata, /3? major, Planrfion> Etudes, Le.
y. vursicolor; tloribns majoribus albis cccruleis carneis pallide pnr-
puveisvej stainiuibus perpiuiirais.—N, versieolor, Roxb. llort. Bent/. 41;
II. hid. ii. 577 ; &!m*9 Bot. Hag. t. 1189 ; 1'ltuicAon, Etudes, I. c. 39 ;
Wall. Cat. 7257 !; N. punctata, Edg&io. in Liun. Sac. Trans, xx, 29. N.
Hookcriana, Leltfnann, Ueberdie Gattung Nympli(sat 21; N.Edgewortlm3
Ltiltm. Lc.l.
HAB. Per totam ludiam calidam vrdgatissima,—(PL per totum
annum.) (P. v.)
DISTRJB. Yav. a. Africaborealis! tropical etanstralisr; ius. Philip.!
JWitt snbuici'ha (dam uHsuut) muinbraTiacca, nataiitia uoritici^ onuu'a intc^frriina
\. aiiutaio-dcitlatn, plcrniuquc poi* totam sapuriicitnu ^roswo v. minute iitipn-sso-
puuctuta, subtus obscure lukaeulata, rarius omuiuo lix;>'ia v. disco punctate; lubis
acutis y. oiitu^.is divaricaUs parallelis v. incumbeutibus. flores 1-10 imp. diamclro,
ct'.u'ulci, albi<li, rosei, v. purpurei, in stirpibus uSlgyptiucis odoria in Tndicis vix odori.
Septtfa li«cari»ovata v. oblonga, petalis asquilouga v. Itmgiora, viridia, liueolis pur-
pureis Mvpioa notatji, mtdtinervla sed non costata. Petala, 10-3U, versns apices
plerumque sensim acutata> intcriora exemplaribus grandiiloris scope in stamina trans-
cuutia. Stamina 10-50, &-4-seriata, in stirj)ibus niinoribus ]>auciora, longe acute
v» obtuse appendiculata, appendicc albidu v. ctcrulca. Pot I en Hove. Stiff mails radii
10-30, apicibus obtusis v. in cornua longitudme varia crccla iucur-va prodticti, inap-
The JV. ttellatfl, var. ft of the * Botanical Magazine/ is referral by De Candolle
(8ystema) to iV. ctrrxfttt; and this is the only allusion we iind to an opinion \vo. have
long entertained, that the Blue AVatcr-lUy of the Nile and liulin nrc (like thvir white
congener fattm] specifically the same. The most pvomiucut difference we fi«<l be-
tween them is the sweot acent of the African plant, whether wild or cultivated, and
ih usually more numerous petals and stamina, and, according to Du Candolle, the
smallneas of the parts of JST. *teittatat the leaves not being purple below, its lobes
being divaricated, and the petals and stigmata being only eight to twelve, "We have
had abundant proof in India, that, cxeept the odoiir, not one of these characters is
of the smallest value. Whether the South African 2V. nctrtifoKa (which has many
petals) and one of the two Madagascar species (also found in the "Mauritius) be the
same, we do not venture, to say, never having compared living spt'oimt'iis; but we
find thma both marked IV. camlm by Planchon (in Herb. Uook.)» and except in the
greater number of petals and stamens they do not appear to differ from that plant,
to which 2f. tevtifotia was referred by Bryander, Audreys and Sims,
Witt regard to the three varieties wt- huve included under the Indian N. ttelfata,